Regular Meeting of the Waterfront Commission

January 13, 1999

Hs Lordship's Restaurant

Berkeley Marina


1.         CALL TO ORDER


Vice Chair WOLGAST called the meeting to order at 7:08 PM and called the roll:


COMMISSIONERS PRESENT:            FELIX, KAWCZYNSKA, SMITH,                                                                                                 Vice-Chair WOLGAST, & WOZNIAK.




STAFF PRESENT:                                    Cliff Marchetti & Ed Murphy with the Parks and Waterfront Dept.; Alex Tara & Jack Pajoohandeh with the Public Works Dept.


2.            PUBLIC COMMENT




3.            CONSENT CALENDAR


a.            Approval of Agenda


Commissioner FELIX asked to move Item 5. a , Election of Officers, to the February meeting since February is the month set for elections.   Commissioner KAWCZYNSKA moved to accept the agenda with this change.  Commissioner FELIX seconded the motion, which was approved with a vote of 5-0-0-2, with two vacancies.


b.            Approval of Minutes of December 9, 1998 meeting


Commissioner FELIX noted that Comments from the Chair (Item 4) happened  at the end of the meeting just prior to adjournment and she asked that the minutes be revised to reflect this fact.  With this correction, Commissioner FELIX moved approval of the minutes.  Commissioner WOZNIAK seconded the motion, which was approved with a vote of 5-0-0-2, with two vacancies.


4.            COMMENTS FROM THE CHAIR                       


The Chair identified the following items for the next Commission meeting:


a. Status of the new Eastshore State Park


b. Report from the Commission’s Planning Sub-committee & from Larry Williamson

5.            ACTION REPORTS


a.            Election of Officers for 1999


This item was tabled until the February meeting.


b.            Approve Leases with Rowing & Waterski Clubs


After discussion of the written staff report, the Commission continued this item to its next meeting and asked for a report at that time on methods and costs of controlling the growth of weeds in the Main Lagoon.


c.            Approve Design of Aquatic Park Restrooms


Alex Tara, an architect in the City’s Public Works Dept. presented a report and recommended that the Commission approve design alternative # 3 as the best solution for the proposed restroom.  After discussion, Commissioner SMITH made a motion to approve design alternative #3.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner KAWCZYNSKA and was unanimously approved by the following vote:  5-0-0-2, with two vacancies.




a.             Launch Ramp Parking Lot & Boat Storage Area


Staff presented a written report.  After discussion, Commissioner SMITH made a motion to recommend that the Marina Ordinance be revised to prohibit boat trailers at all times from parking on either side of Spinnaker Way.   Commissioner KAWCZYNSKA suggested an amendment to the motion that the City stripe at least one pedestrian crossing across Spinnaker Way from the parking lot(s) to Cesar Chavez Park and to add signs directing the public to the two parking lots.   Commissioner SMITH accepted the amendments and the motion was then seconded by Commissioner WOZNIAK.  The motion was unanimously approved by the following vote:  5-0-0-2, with two vacancies.


b.             Food Vendor at Cesar Chavez Park


Staff gave a verbal report on adding a food vendor who would serve users of Cesar Chavez Park from a mobile unit parked along Spinnaker Way.   Staff proposed to provide the Commission with a draft Request for Proposals (RFP) at the next Commission meeting.  No action was taken.


c.            Waterfront Master Plan & Project Status Report & Discussion


Staff reported that the next public workshop is set for Saturday, February 6th at the Yacht Club from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.   Staff presented a written report on the status of the Plan and its related budget.  No action was taken. 


d.            RFP for 80 Bolivar Drive Property


Staff presented a copy of the final RFP and answered questions.  No action was taken.


e.            Relocation of Hornblower’s Kitchen


Staff presented a letter from Hornblower Corp. dated 1/11/99 in which Hornblower stated its interest in moving its kitchen faciltiy from the boat yard to the City’s bldg. at 225 University Avenue.  Hornblower intends to make an offer to either buy the building or lease it for a long term period.   No action was taken.


f.            Restricting Hours of Access to Berkeley Pier & Seawall Drive


Staff gave a verbal report on some options to restrict hours of public access to the Pier and Seawall Drive in order to reduce criminal activity.   After discussion, Vice Chair WOLGAST asked staff to prepare a written report for the next Commission meeting and to place it on the agenda as an Action Item.


g.            Report on Marina Budget


Staff presented a report explaining the City’s budget process for FY 99-2000.  Commissioner SMITH distributed copies of a budget which illustrated the differences between the proposed staff budget and the Commission’s recommendations.  Staff noted that the proposed budget for the P&W Department  is due to the Finance Dept. on 2/12/99.  Commissioner SMITH asked staff  to arrange a meeting prior to that date, and prior to the Commission’s meeting on 2/10, in order to reconcile the differences in the two budgets he presented.


h.            Report on Off - Leash Dog Area in Cesar Chavez Park


Staff gave a verbal report on the status of setting up the off-leash area.  No action was taken. 

i.            Report from Public Works Dept. on Landfill Policies at Cesar Chavez Park    

Jack Pajoohandeh with the Public Works Dept. gave a verbal report on the methods of monitoring methane gas produced by the landfill.  He also described the periodic erosion control measures and the contract with the private company responsible for doing the erosion control work.   The Commission discussed this issue and took no action.  Mr. Pajoohandeh agreed to notify the Marina prior to any future erosion control activity.



Commissioner SMITH left the meeting at 10:00 PM.




7.            OTHER REPORTS


a.            Report on Past Commission Actions


Staff presented a written report.  No action was taken.              


b.            Occupancy Report on Berths *


Staff presented a written report.  No action was taken.  



8.            ADJOURNMENT


Commissioner FELIX made a motion to adjourn. It was seconded by Commissioner WOLGAST and approved by a vote of 4-0-0-3, with two vacancies.  The meeting adjourned at 10:20 PM.